Hair – The Crowning Glory
The desire to look young and beautiful is a human weakness and as old as the origin of man himself. Hair is the most important part of your personality, and the condition of your hair can determine your appearance. It is the “crowning glory” or a rebellious entanglement that refuses to do what it is told. The head is the seat of the five sense organs and is the most important part of the human body. To protect the head from heat, wind, dust, etc., nature has blessed it with soft skin and abundant dark hair. Premature graying and hair loss, as well as dandruff, are common diseases today. They cause great concern to those affected, especially women who consider good, clean, shiny hair with thick, long hair a sign of beauty.
Hair consists of dead cells containing a fiber protein – keratin – whose production rate determines hair growth. During the growth phase of hair, the hair root is firmly enclosed by living tissue, the hair bulb, which supplies it with keratin. The hair growing on the scalp is a terminal hair, which is thicker and longer and is pigmented with a pigment found in the hair shaft – red or black melanin, which is produced by cells called melanocytes at the base of the hair follicle. When these cells do not receive pigment, the cortex of each hair becomes transparent and the resulting hair appears white. On the side of each follicle is a sebaceous gland that secretes sebum, which is needed to lubricate the hair and protect the scalp from localized fungal or bacterial infections.
Hair is a very delicate structure, so we need to know more about it if we want to care for it and maintain it regularly. Premature graying, hair loss, dandruff and thinning hair, fungal and bacterial infections of the scalp, baldness, hair-splitting, and slow hair growth are the main problems of hair. The main cause of hair problems is insufficient nutrition. There can also be psychological causes such as excitement, anger, passion, psychological stress, etc. for various hair problems. People who suffer from a chronic cold can also suffer from hair diseases. Washing hair with warm water, excess chemical shampoos, use of chemical hair dyes are also important factors responsible for premature aging, hair loss, splitting, fragility, and thinning hair.
Most hair disorders appear to be cosmetic in nature. This is what doctors say:
1. Hair fragility is often due to excessive shampooing, styling or drying.
2. Very dry hair is often the result of excessive use of heated curling or perming irons, frequent dyeing or bleaching.
3. Similarly, the use of today’s chemical shampoos is the main cause of most hair disorders, as they destroy the hair’s natural root defense and nutrient system, leading to premature hair loss and the graying and aging of the outer skin.
4 As for dandruff, researchers believe that dandruff may be caused by a yeast-like fungus on the scalp, although they have not yet found a foolproof way to defeat it. The entire surface of a person’s body continually repels dead skin cells. The skin itself is excreted every twenty-four days. Dandruff, which excessively sheds dead skin cells from the scalp, is the result of the normal growth process of scalp skin cells.
Excessive use of hair sprays and gels, inappropriate use of hair dyes or excessive use of electric curlers, cold weather, and heating of dry rooms, tight hats and scarves, infrequent washing of hair or insufficient rinsing, stress, anxiety, and tension, infections, etc., are the normal causes of hair disorders among other physical, physiological or hereditary causes. The normal life span of each hair is three to six years. Each hair grows in a hair cycle that can be divided into three stages: the growth stage (Anacin), which lasts from two to six years, the stage of partial degeneration (Catalan), which lasts between 10 and 14 days, and finally the resting stage (Telogen), in which the hair is shed and regression of the hair follicles occurs, which lasts about one hundred days. It is very important to take care of the hair and scalp daily to maintain health and increase beauty. This routine includes brushing, combing, cutting, shampooing, massaging, and applying hair treatment/lotion.
Ayurvedic texts describe a number of herbs that nourish the hair properly and promote its growth, keep it soft and supple and prevent it from turning grey at an early age. Henna leaves are widely described as a wonderful dye, conditioner, soother, anti-fungal, and antibiotic due to its active ingredient – Lawsone. The Egyptians used henna for the beauty of their hair and to eradicate hair disorders. Many other herbs like Haritaki, Amalaki, Vibhitaka, Karanj-beej, Mandukparni, Bhringraj, Shikakai, Neelkamal, Chameli give the hair immediate shine and also stimulate the movement of nutrients to the hair bulb or follicle that nourishes the hair. When used regularly, they protect hair from premature hair loss and graying and prevent dandruff, thinning, roughness, slow growth, scalp infections, hair-splitting, and non-specific baldness.
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Disclaimer: This is not a paid for advertisement. The henna was purchased while I worked at Lush so was discounted by 50%. I now no longer work there and all my opinions are honest.
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